Glass, the trilogy-completing sequel to director M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable and Split, has taken the top spot both domestically and internationally at the box office.
Despite taking over $40.6 million in the US, Glass only just did better than Split’s 2017 opening (which barely broke the $40 million mark); not the kind of growth expected or required for a sustained cinematic universe.
Internationally, the movie added another $48.5 million (for a total of $89.1 million), probably due to the attractive power of stars Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy and Sarah Paulson.
This mixed success mirrors the reviews Glass received, which criticized Shyamalan’s signature plot twists and progression, yet praised the ambition of this project which has been over 20 years in the making. Devout fans of the director’s work have certainly had to endure worse in the past though, it’s just a shame that his hot streak has taken a little bit of a hit.
Nevertheless, Glass is more than likely already turning a profit due to its minuscule $20 million budget. The general rule is to double this for advertising, but this is probably low for Glass due to its standing as 2019’s first big release. Even then, since the film has quadrupled its initial budget within a week, things are looking good for Sony.
With the nearest competition being The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, released February 8, expect Glass to retain the top spot for a while.